Third Street AleWorks

Third Street AleWorks, at 610 third Street is the newest brewpub in Santa Rosa, Northern California, telephone (707)523-3060. A few steps from downtown's grassy square the modern building features a nice long bar with a view of the nearby serving tanks. Two adjacent TVs offer up video without any distracting sound and there is no smoking inside even at the upstairs pooltables and dartboards. The split-level interior creates a very airy atmosphere and the shiny brewhouse is visible at the far end of the first floor. Overhead, the blades of electric fans spin slowly alongside a hanging bicycle and redwood beams contrast with metallic ducting. the redwood interior ends sharply at the corrugated aluminum siding that separates the restaurant section from the brewhouse. Behind the bar, beer memorabilia and T-shirts decorate the walls and a CD system supplies the background sounds.

The 15 bbl Pub brewing system is very compact and keeps the seven serving tanks behind the bar well supplied. the four house brews are available from 4 oz. samplers at $0.75 each to gallons to go for $17 / $12. 10oz glasses run $2.25 and pints $2.75. The Annadel Pale Ale, at 4.8% was a clear amber color, medium-bodied and balanced with a light hops over malt flavor. The Unfiltered Wheat, at 5.4%, was a hazy gold, light-bodied, with a very light hop presence and a slightly tart flavor and aftertaste. The Dark Wheat, 5.8%, was a clear dark brown color, light-bodied, with a light malty flavor and clean dry finish. The Stonefly Stout at 4.5% was opaque, malty in aroma and flavor, with a medium body, subtle hops and a very dry finish. The beers are joined by a list of California wines and a menu featuring soup, pasta, sandwiches and pizza. Open only since March of 1996, Third Street AleWorks seems off to a good start with an appealing mix of food, beer and atmosphere.

Reviewed by Tom Ciccateri - March, 1996.

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